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For Employers

Employing an Australian Apprentice is a smart investment for the future of your business.

A range of financial incentives may be available to you when you employ an eligible Australian Apprentice.

Sarina Russo Apprenticeships makes it easier for you to recruit, train and retain an apprentice.

We provide personalised support to you and your apprentices from commencement to completion.

Employing an Australian Apprentice

No two businesses are the same, which is why Australian Apprenticeships have been designed to be flexible.

An Australian Apprentice can be a student or school-leaver, a person re-entering the workforce or an adult worker simply wishing to change careers.

They combine time at work with training, and can be either full-time, part-time or school-based.

In hiring an Australian Apprentice, you can negotiate off-the-job training components around timing, location and the nature of the training to meet your business needs.

Australian Apprentices are usually employed under a federal or state award or agreement.

They are paid a wage which varies depending on which year of their training they are in, the type of Australian Apprenticeship they are doing and the industry or occupation.

They have the same rights to superannuation, workers’ compensation and other entitlements or requirements as all other workers in Australia.

Rates of pay are determined by the award or agreement under which the Australian Apprentice is employed. 

Awards and conditions including employer contributions to training costs are set independently of the Australian Government by the Fair Work Commission.

The Fair Work Commission decided to include employer reimbursement of training fees in most modern awards from 1 January 2015. More information on awards, wages and conditions are available from the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Incentives can help you in employing an Australian Apprentice

Employers hiring Australian Apprentices may be eligible to receive incentive payments under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme.

Employer incentives

There are a number of incentives currently available to eligible employers of Australian Apprentices. Each incentive payment has a number of eligibility criteria and will be assessed by Sarina Russo Apprenticeships.

  • Commencement incentives
  • Recommencement incentives
  • Completion incentives
  • Rural and Regional Skills Shortage Incentive
  • Declared Drought Area Incentives
  • Mature Aged Workers Incentives
  • Australian School-based Apprenticeship Incentive
  • Assistance for Australian Apprentices with Disability
  • Support for Adult Australian Apprentices

More detailed information is available in the Summary of the Australian Government Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme information sheets.

 Additional assistance for employers and Australian Apprentices

Depending on the Australian Apprenticeship undertaken, you or your Australian Apprentice may be eligible to apply for one or more of the following additional forms of support, subject to meeting certain eligibility criteria.

In-Training support - including one on one mentoring, advice and support services More on In-Training Support 

Support for Adult Australian Apprentices - Australian Government financial support is available for adult workers (aged 25 years or over) to upgrade their skills through an Australian Apprenticeship at the Certificate III or IV level in an occupation listed on the National Skills Needs List. The payment is made to the employer depending on the actual wage paid to the Australian Apprentice.

Australian Apprentices with disability - Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support (DAAWS) provides additional assistance to employers who employ an eligible Australian Apprentice with disability in a Certificate II or higher level qualification. DAAWS is also available to an employer whose Australian Apprentice acquires a disability during their Australian Apprenticeship.

Assistance for Tutorial, Mentor and Interpreter Services is available to Registered Training Organisations to support eligible Australian Apprentices with disability who are experiencing difficulty with the off-the-job component of their Australian Apprenticeship because of their disability.

Employers of Australian Apprentices with disability may also be eligible for assistance through the Employment Assistance Fund which helps people with disability and mental health conditions by providing financial support to purchase a range of work related modifications and services. Employers can access the scheme via JobAccess Disability Employment Services or through a jobactive organisation in your region.

In some cases there may be additional government programmes which provide financial support subject to individual circumstances and eligibility criteria. Your Apprenticeship Network provider can help you access programmes where available.

Making Indigenous Australian Apprenticeships your business

The Making Indigenous Australian Apprenticeships your business resource kit has been designed to provide a range of practical resources to assist Indigenous employment and training service providers in improving access of Indigenous people to Australian Apprenticeships.